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Cameron, Faedo promoted to Double-A Erie

Cameron, Faedo promoted to Double-A Erie

The organizational moves are coming. With many of the Tigers’ affiliates past or entering their mid-season breaks, the time is ripe for promotions and corresponding roster moves. The first major moves were announced this morning. The Tigers 2017 first round pick, starting pitcher Alex Faedo, has been promoted to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. He’s joined by outfielder Daz Cameron, acquired in the Justin Verlander trade with the Astros last August. Cameron also moves from Lakeland to Erie after a strong spring at Advanced-A ball. Faedo has been dogged all spring by reports of diminished...
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 14, 2018
A’s Surrender Quietly, Swept at home. Astros bats pound Oakland 7-3

A’s Surrender Quietly, Swept at home. Astros bats pound Oakland 7-3

Another balanced attack secured Verlander’s 9th win The Oakland A’s are not a bad team. They’re really not. Until the Astros came to town they were even above .500. They’ve got a decent pitching staff ranked right in the middle of MLB in ERA, right about 4 runs a game. They’re right at ML average in hitting too, with an even 100 WRC+. They’re a real major league team. In three games against the Astros they never seriously contended. Stros bats hit them early, hit them often. Like some chump facing prime Mike Tyson, the A’s looked stunned and wobbly from the outset, and...
www.bostonherald.com Jun 14, 2018
Verlander gets plenty of support in Astros 7-3 win over A's

Verlander gets plenty of support in Astros 7-3 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. — Houston ace Justin Verlander made two mistakes, both resulting in home runs. The way the Astros are swinging the bats these days, it hardly mattered.Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and the Astros jumped out to another early lead, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 Thursday for their eighth straight win.Brian McCann homered for the first time in nearly a month. Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick were among five players with two hits apiece as Houston completed the three-game sweep."It happens fast when we're at our best," Astros manager AJ Hinch...
Pinstripe Alley Jun 9, 2018
Sonny Gray is good again, and that’s huge for the Yankees

Sonny Gray is good again, and that’s huge for the Yankees

Sonny Gray has shown promise since the beginning of May, is this improved version here to stay? When The Yankees traded for Sonny Gray last year, he had been in the big leagues for around four full years. In that time he accumulated a 3.42 ERA, was once an All-Star, finished third in Cy Young voting, and even had a pretty good playoff showing against Justin Verlander and the Tigers in 2013. To say that he hasn’t lived up to expectations so far would be fair. In his Yankees career to date, Gray is pitching to the tune of a 4.26 ERA with a 4.60 FIP and 1.357 WHIP. His strikeouts are...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jun 9, 2018

Astros activate Brian McCann and DFA Tim Federowicz

Brian McCann returns to the Astros lineup but could end Federowicz’s time in Houston. While this is not exactly breaking news, it was nice to see Brian McCann back with the Astros last night. Justin Verlander didn’t have his typical start with McCann calling the game, but he did get his eighth win of the year. While […] Astros activate Brian McCann and DFA Tim Federowicz - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 9, 2018
Top of the Order Pounds 5 RBI. Gives Verlander his 8th Win, 7-3 over Rangers

Top of the Order Pounds 5 RBI. Gives Verlander his 8th Win, 7-3 over Rangers

Springer double, Altuve and Bregman homers arrest the Cops Sometimes baseball doesn’t make sense. In three previous games against Texas this year, Justin Verlander has pitched 20 innings, allowed two runs and has 23 strikeouts. Before tonight his record against the Rangers was 1-1. And yet tonight he gets the victory, surrendering more runs than in the 3 previous games combined. Though notching a quality start, it is only the second time all year that he has allowed as many as three earned runs in a game. For ERA league leading Justin Verlander (1.45) that’s a terrible game, but for...
Lone Star Ball Jun 8, 2018
27-39 - Choo can’t do it alone as Rangers lose to Astros 7-3

27-39 - Choo can’t do it alone as Rangers lose to Astros 7-3

Despite another nice night at the plate from Shin-Soo Choo, the Rangers couldn’t break through against Houston Justin Verlander was teetering edge of good tonight and if the Rangers were trying to shove him over to the side of not good, they failed. It probably doesn’t matter much anyway because the Rangers allowed seven Astros runs and even a not as good version of Verlander would have probably kept these Rangers at bay enough to allow Houston to wiggle out with a win. Doug Fister was responsible for allowing five of those runs in five innings before exiting with knee pain and then...
Lone Star Ball Jun 7, 2018
Rangers Series Preview: Houston Astros

Rangers Series Preview: Houston Astros

Continuing the battle for the Silver Boot After a quick two-game series sweep of Oakland, the Rangers close out the home stand with a four game series against the Astros. Coming into this series, Houston has been knocked down to second place in the AL west, a game behind the Mariners. They’ll face Gerrit Cole who has pitched at least seven innings in seven of his last 12 starts and opponents batting average of .171. On Friday, they’ll face Justin Verlander who has a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts. For the Rangers, Hamels will pitch on Thursday and Doug Fister will pitch Friday....
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 5, 2018
The Astros’ Bizarro World Ace Reliever: Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Tony Sipp.

The Astros’ Bizarro World Ace Reliever: Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Tony Sipp.

Is he the Prodigal LOOGY come home, or just a little lucky lately? You know Bizarro World right? The place where everything wrong is right? Where the crazy is sane? Where high is low, where gothic black is the color of love, where Whataburger features a spinach, beets, tofu burger? The universe where the Yellow Birds from Baltimore are bombing the Bronx nine, and the Mookie Betts Bosox trail the Orioles by 24 games? So if I asked you, which Astros pitcher has the best ERA since May 1st, and you could choose between Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Charlie...
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 4, 2018
Game Recap: Red Sox Play Ahead from Beginning, Astros Can’t Catch Up in 9-3 Loss

Game Recap: Red Sox Play Ahead from Beginning, Astros Can’t Catch Up in 9-3 Loss

The Astros just looked to be behind the team with the best record in baseball all night long. Well, after starting out up 2-0 on the Boston Red Sox in this four-game series, the last two games did not go quite as well for the Houston Astros. The losses, however, were very different in nature. Justin Verlander pitched very well on Saturday night, as usual, but the bullpen blew the lead and the offense could not recover. Tonight, Charlie Morton was not his usual self as the veteran right-hander allowed six earned runs on nine hits in less than six innings of work. It was pretty clear from the...
www.bostonherald.com Jun 3, 2018
Red Sox bounce back to take finale vs. Astros, split series

Red Sox bounce back to take finale vs. Astros, split series

Subtitle: Bounce back to split series with champsHOUSTON — Saturday morning might have been a low point this season for the Red Sox.They had just lost their second straight, this time with their ace on the mound, to a Houston Astros team that not only won the World Series but had taken eight of the past 10 games against the Sox.Justin Verlander (1.11 ERA) and Charlie Morton (2.26 ERA) were on the mound for the final two games, both of which would be nationally televised, and Mookie Betts had just been placed on the disabled list.But manager Alex Cora still was smiling Saturday. His...
The Crawfish Boxes Jun 2, 2018
Game Recap: Astros Bullpen gets their Beans Baked as Sox Win 5-4

Game Recap: Astros Bullpen gets their Beans Baked as Sox Win 5-4

Will Harris falters late as a 7th inning rally gives Boston enough steam to edge the Astros For Starters May’s AL Pitcher of the Month Justin Verlander would duel with Boston’s David Price across 6 innings of stellar pitching from both club’s starters. Stassi and Verlander would struggle to get on the same page in the first inning and it showed as Verlander would actually have to verbally check the signs with Stassi from the mound at one point. He would surrender an RBI single to J.D. Martinez and it looked like things might be going wobbly. He would allow Benintendi to walk to...
Over the Monster Jun 2, 2018
Red Sox 5, Astros 4: Clutch dingers lead Sox to victory

Red Sox 5, Astros 4: Clutch dingers lead Sox to victory

Plus a good day from David Price They needed that one. Well, they didn’t need that one — you don’t need any given game in early June — but it sort of felt like they needed it. They didn’t want to drop the first three in this series against Houston, and for a while it looked like they would. Justin Verlander out-dueled David Price for most of this game, and the Red Sox waited until the bullpen came in to take the lead thanks to clutch homers from Christian Vazquez and Andrew Benintendi. It was never a breeze, but it was a win, and that’s all that matters. On the one hand,...
House of Houston Jun 2, 2018

Houston Astros: Why the party is just getting started for Justin Verlander

The Houston Astros are back on track and one of the men leading the charge is Justin Verlander with his spectacular style of play.  He has been awarded the AL Pitcher of the Month honors.  Here’s why this is just the beginning.  Let’s take a look. The Houston Astros currently sit at the top of […] Houston Astros: Why the party is just getting started for Justin Verlander - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!
Over the Monster Jun 2, 2018
Red Sox at Astros lineup: Gulp

Red Sox at Astros lineup: Gulp

The terrifying Astros get even better when Justin Verlander’s on the hill. The Red Sox (39-19) look to beat the Astros (37-22) tonight in Houston (7:15 p.m., FOX), which is a hard enough proposition any time but especially so when Justin Verlander (7-2, 1.11 ERA) is on the mound. About tonight’s game: Verlander will be matched by David Price (5-4, 4.04 ERA), which makes it a battle of former Cy Young Award winners. Price has see-sawed but has been fine, whereas Verlander is off to the best start in his Hall of Fame career. He’ll face a lineup without Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia,...

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